The San Francisco Giants notched their 30th win of the season last night as they defeated the Minnesota Twins 6-2 in the opener of a three-game series. The orange and black are 12-4 in series openers.
Tim Lincecum pitched around danger most of the night, allowing six walks and it was the fifth time in his career he has surrendered six or more walks in a game. Lincecum went at least six innings for the third straight start and improved his record to 4-3 on the year. The Giants are 7-3 in his starts.
Pablo Sandoval homered for the third time in his last five games, while Hunter Pence extended his hitting streak to 10-games. Sandoval had homered just twice in the first 42 games this season before his recent hot play.
Brandon Hicks smacked his eighth homer yesterday and has done a solid job filling in for Marco Scutaro at second base. While he has a .200 batting average, Hicks has drilled 26 hits, 20 RBI's, 20 walks and scored 18 runs in 41 games. He has recorded a .314 on-base percentage and .423 slugging percentage equaling a .737 OPS. Defensively, he has committed four errors in 38 starts and producing a .980 fielding percentage. Along with Brandon Crawford and when Brandon Belt returns, the Giants are a Brandonfied infield.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Friday the club will make a decision Saturday whether Matt Cain will make his next start on Monday or be placed on the DL. Cain said he can still feel some soreness in his right hamstring.
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